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Titel: The history of Robinson Crusoe abridged: for the use of schools and private instruction
Auteur: [niet beschikbaar]
Uitgave: Amsterdam: G. Portielje and son, 1855
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5559
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201063
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse letterkunde
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long while in great uncertainty what to do. At last
his eyes fell casually on the rock which hung over
the hill, and there he discovered a hole running
quite through the stone. He resolved to make there
a kitchen with hearth and chimney, and to keep
up his fire there. As the day began already to decrease
he deferred this work till the next day.
"Oh!" said Robinson: "how happy should I be at
present if I had but a single friend with me, only
one human creature! If even it was the most mise-
rable beggar to keep me company! Only one single
human creature to whom I could say that I loved
him, and who was able to answer me in return that
he loved me! Had I only the good luck to possess
some tame animal, a dog or a cat, to which 1 could
do well, and so gain its affection!" Then, turning
his eyes towards the entrance of the cottage, he saw
a spider which had spun its cobweb in a cornei-. Even
the idea of sleeping with a living creature under the
same roof rejoiced him so much that he did not care
for what sort of an animal it was. The next morning
he took his spade and began to dig out the earth of
his kitchen, when he unexpectedly discovered some-
thing in the earth, which was hard. He at first be-
lieved it to be a stone, but how astonished he was
upon finding that it was a lump of pure gold! In-
stead of rejoicing at the treasure he had found, he
kicked it away with disdain and said: " Remain there,
miserable metal, for which all mankind have such an
eager desire, and which they purchase by so many
tricks and base actions! How willingly would I give
thee for a handful of nails or some useful tool." He
left this precious treasure on the ground and after-
wards hardly thought it worth looking at as he
passed in and out.